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Friday, February 22, 2008 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Barrel cactus fruit, Rockhound State Park, Deming NM, February 22, 2008
Barrel cactus fruit, Rockhound State Park, Deming NM, February 22, 2008

Night camp

Site 28 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Waiting

I remember walking in art galleries, through the nineteenth century: the obsession they had then with harems. Dozens of paintings of harems, fat women lolling on divans,turbans on their heads, or velvet caps, being fanned with peacock tails, a eunich in the background standing guard. Studies of sedentary flesh, painted by men who'd never been there. These pictures were supposed to be erotic, and I thought they were, at the time; but I see now what they were really about. They were paintings about suspended animation; about waiting, about objects not in use. They were paintings about boredom.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

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